March 13, 2014
Mizzou 91, Texas A&M 83 (2OT)
|Texas A&M (17-15)||26||42||9||6||83|
|Rebounds (Off.)||28 (12)||48 (19)|
|Two with||3||Steals||2||Three with|
ATLANTA - Jabari Brown led four Tigers in double-figure and Johnathan Williams III pulled down 15 rebounds as No. 8-seeded Missouri outlasted No. 9 Texas A&M, 91-83, in double overtime Thursday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. The Tigers (22-10) advance to face No. 1 Florida on Friday at Noon CT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
A back-and-forth start to the game did not see either team go on a run until midway through the first half. Ross scored three of his team season high 17 first-half points at the 10:51 mark followed by a Jordan Clarkson steal and slam that sparked an 11-2 run. Both defenses stepped up the rest of the half and the Tigers entered halftime with a 34-26 lead.
Alex Caruso and Jamal Jones kept the Aggies close throughout most of the first half, combining for 19 points. They were especially dangerous from beyond the three-line going 5-for-9 before the half.
Missouri's tough but smart defense held the Aggies out of the bonus until the final minute of the first half giving the Tigers a 9-15 to 1-2 free throw advantage.
Missouri thrived grabbing rebounds to extend possessions. The Tigers outrebounded Texas A&M 19-11 in the first half en route to a 12-2 advantage on second-chance points. Torren Jones grabbed six of those rebounds in seven minutes off the bench while Williams added six.
Brown led Missouri in the second half with 15 of his team-high 26 points. Brown did an excellent job of drawing fouls and getting to line as he made 12 of 16 from the charity stripe.
Forward Antawn Space helped the Aggies slowly cut the Tigers lead as he contributed 10 points and three rebounds in the second half. After Clarkson picked up his fourth foul, Fabyon Harris knocked down two free throws to take the lead for the first time since the first half with 3:45 left in the game.
Caruso continued his hot hand from three and nailed one from beyond the arc to give Texas A&M a four-point lead with under two minutes left. After Ross put up a contested three, Williams grabbed a huge rebound and kicked it out to Brown who was fouled. He hit both free throws to tie the game at 68 with 47 seconds left.
Both teams entered overtime in foul trouble; Space and Dylan Johns had already fouled out and Brown and Clarkson both had four fouls. That did not stop Clarkson, as he had the Tigers first four points in overtime after not making a shot in the second half.
Brown added a smooth step-back jumper and two freebies before fouling out to give the Tigers a five-point lead with a minute left. The Aggies knocked down four free throws in the final minute to cut the lead to two. After Texas A&M stole the inbounds pass with 11 seconds left and converted a quick layup, forcing a second overtime.
Williams scored four quick points in the second overtime to give him his third double-double of the season, and the Tigers scored 17 of their 23 points from the line in the two extra periods to grind out the win.
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